Paris-based dissident organization National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) accused the Iranian regime of providing strongman Vladimir Putin’s Russian army with more than 3,500 drones for its scorched earth war against Ukraine .
According to the Social Network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) within the Islamic Republic, “the Iranian UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] Sales contract to Russia includes various offensive drones, including Shahed-129, Mohajer-6, and Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 suicide drones. “MEK is part of the umbrella organization of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
The NCRI dossier states: “Tehran has sold more than 3,500 UAVs to Russia. Most of these were made in the factories of the Ministry of Defense, with others produced by the factories of the Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA).” .
The accusation that the theocratic government has supplied more than 3,500 drones to Russia indicates a dramatic increase in the Iranian regime’s support for Putin’s war machine.
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Recently, Ukraine claimed that around 400 drones have already been used by Russia, out of a total supply of around 2,000 weapons. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced the shooting down of 223 drones produced by the Iranian regime.
Last week, Zelenskyy was in the capital Kiev next to what was apparently a downed Iranian Shahed drone.
Iran’s strike drones are of grave concern to Western countries, including the United States, which seek to aid Ukraine in its efforts to save civilian lives and oust Russian forces from its territory.
According to the NCRI report, “Some of the UAVs sent to Russia come from the IRGC’s Qadr Air Base [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps]. “
The Trump administration has sanctioned the IRGC as a foreign terrorist entity.
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The report states: “When Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC Quds Force, was killed by the United States on January 6, 2020, his body was transferred to the Qadr base. The Qadr base has its own. hangars and special services. The management of Mehrabad airport does not interfere in its business. The Quds Force uses the Qadr base and IRGC-affiliated airlines to send weapons to Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. “
The EU and US government has classified Soleimani as a terrorist, responsible for the deaths of over 600 US troops in the Middle East.
Asked about the NCRI report and whether the US intends to pull the plug on nuclear deal negotiations with the Iranian regime in Vienna as punishment for Tehran for selling drones to Russia, a US State Department spokesperson told Fox. Digital News that: “We have” Notice from July that Iran was planning to sell UAVs to Russia for use against Ukraine. In September, Russia transferred the UAVs purchased by Iran to Crimea for use in its war against Ukraine. “
The spokesperson continued: “We can confirm that Russian military personnel based in Crimea have piloted Iranian UAVs and used them to conduct kinetic attacks across Ukraine, including attacks on Kiev in recent days. We assess that Iranian military personnel was on the ground in Crimea and assisted Russia in these operations. “
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The spokesperson added: “Russia has received dozens of UAVs so far and will likely continue to receive further shipments in the future. Furthermore, in light of Russia’s continuing supply shortage, we are concerned that Russia may also seek to acquire advanced conventional weapons from the country. ‘Iran, such as surface-to-surface missiles, which will almost certainly be used to support Russia’s war against Ukraine. We will continue to use all tools at our disposal to delay, deter, obstruct and impose costs on the actors involved in such activities. . “
The CNRI dossier obtained by Fox News Digital could have weight within foreign capitals and in Washington. In 2002, the NCRI revealed for the first time that the Iranian regime had built nuclear plants near Natanz and Arak.
Shahin Gobadi, spokesman for the Iranian National Council of Resistance in Paris, told Fox News Digital: “It is more imperative that the European Union and the US abandon their wait-and-see approach to the regime. The clerical regime’s malicious intervention in hotspots. the Middle East and Europe are well rooted “.
He continued: “It is time to hold accountable for his blatant human rights violations at home which now include the killing of teenage protesters. The continued commitment only encourages the regime to shed blood in Iran and further destabilize the region and the world. clerical regime requires persistent violation of United Nations resolutions [it] use the snapback mechanism to reset the six UN Security Council resolutions. “
The snapback sanctions provision refers to the sanction for Iran’s violations of UN resolutions in relation to its alleged nuclear weapons program.
Critics of the Biden administration’s Iranian policy, such as the NCRI, oppose the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the formal name of the Iran nuclear deal – because, they argue, it will finance terrorism and will not dissuade Tehran from developing an atomic bomb. .
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According to a think tank study published by FDD, the atomic deal will pump up to $ 275 billion into Iran’s coffers during the first year of the deal and simply impose a temporary limitation on Tehran’s ability to build a nuclear device.
Gobadi said: “Belligerence and sponsorship of terror have been a pillar of the clerical regime’s government in order to cover up and complement its internal repression, something the regime has desperately needed, particularly in light of the ongoing revolution. in Iran. “
“This dangerous development is also the byproduct of the culture of impunity, which the regime has enjoyed despite its blatant human rights violations at home and its brazen and destabilizing actions across the Iranian border,” he continued.
When asked about the NCRI report on drone sales in Russia, the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its diplomatic mission to the United Nations declined to comment.
Last week, the Iranian regime categorically denied having signed arms deals with Moscow. Russia denies the use of Iranian-made drones.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the allegations were “unsubstantiated” and asked Ukraine to “present any evidence to support the allegations”. Amir-Abdollahian added: “If … it becomes clear to us that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will certainly not be indifferent to this problem.”
Tehran is no stranger to supplying weapons and fighters to dictatorships in the Middle East and its authoritarian allies around the world. Fox News Digital reported in 2018 that Iran has produced 107mm chemical rockets used in the Syrian regime’s attacks on civilians.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the Department of Defense for comment.